and crackdowns continued. thousands marched in damascus, as the capital braced for the state-directed violence that has wracked other parts of the country. demonstrations were also reported in qamishli, latakia, dera'a, idlib, homs and hama. at least 11 people were reported killed by security forces, including five overnight in homs, north of the capital. tanks were deployed to stop marchers in the besieged city. in all, according to human rights groups, since the protests began in march, more than 1,400 civilians have been killed. in hama today, the streets teemed with marchers. protests there have a special resonance-- it was the site of a massacre of at least 10,000 people in 1982, ordered by hafez al-assad, father of the current president. anthony shadid of "the new york times" was able to report from hama earlier this week. i talked to him from beirut this afternoon. anthony, take us into the city of hama. you describe a place feeling a kind of freedom for the first time. but a very tense one given its history. >> hama is serious is-- syria's fourth largest city, it's a significant place.